It may be operating in a legal grey area, but Grooveshark is still my favorite on-demand music app--type in any song, artist, or album, and there's a pretty good chance that it's in Grooveshark's database, allowing you to begin playing it immediately. It's great not only for impulse listens, but also for creating playlists of songs you don't own and would never buy, like my favorite heavy metal hits from junior high school. So far, the lawsuit filed by EMI in May hasn't shut the site down or significantly decreased the number of songs … Read more
This is just getting ridiculous.
John Gruber at Daringfireball.net points to the latest example of an iPhone application being stymied by Apple's App Store approval process. In this case, it's a dictionary app called Ninjawords (so called because ninjas are "smart, accurate, and really fast") that was rejected three times over the course of two months, mostly because "objectionable" words could be looked up and found in the dictionary's search function, Gruber reported.
It's a new version of an old story, but one that almost seems like a parody of the … Read more
When Jeff Zwerner joined Palm recently, he was in familiar company.
The man hired as senior vice president of brand design at Palm is, like three other top executives and a board member of the company, a former employee of Apple. Zwerner has been selected by Palm to shape the company's brand, with responsibility for public relations, marketing, advertising, events, and design.
Zwerner comes to Palm most recently from Factor Design in San Francisco, where, as principal, he consulted on strategic design for companies as varied as Hewlett-Packard, Coca-Cola, Gap, Disney, General Electric, and Apple. But before that, he spent two different stints in Cupertino, … Read more
In trying to figure out what exactly is at the heart of the problem (don't say Apple's "control issues"), I heard an interesting perspective on this brouhaha from Todd Barr, vice president of marketing at Bandwidth.com, a nationwide CLEC voice carrier that sells voice and data services to businesses. (Note: Fellow CNET blogger Matt Asay … Read more
Rumors have it Apple is a month away from announcing a tablet computer. Another tablet, the Crunchpad, is also due for imminent release. These and other fine keyboardless computers get great play on gadget blogs (including our own Crave), but in the real world, I believe this whole category is a nonstarter. Why we keep waiting for the killer tablet computer is beyond me. Few people really want one, especially at the prices that they will have to sell for.
Tablet computers--elegant slates that you operate with a touch screen--are attractive if you're a sci-fi fan. There's something … Read more
We get Stephen Shankland on the phone to talk about PayPal's big outage Monday that cost the company millions in lost or delayed transactions. We also talk about new features coming to Google's Chrome browser, the next generation of memory cards, and WiMax coming to more U.S. cities.
Ever wanted to sync up to 20 iPods and iPhones at the same time? Me neither, but that hasn't stopped the ambitious crew over at Parasync from putting together a 20-slot dock that will get the job done.
But don't expect to find the Parasync Charging and Synchronization Dock at your local big box store. Although I can totally imagine buying one of these at Costco bundled with twenty iPods and a bag of jerky, you'll need to contact the company directly to order one at an undisclosed price.
This was originally published at ZDNet's Between the Lines.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt has resigned from Apple's board but that won't be enough to curtail a probe by the Federal Trade Commission.
In a terse statement, FTC bureau of competition director Richard Feinstein said:
We have been investigating the Google/Apple interlocking directorates issue for some time and commend them for recognizing that sharing directors raises competitive issues, as Google and Apple increasingly compete with each other. We will continue to investigate remaining interlocking directorates between the companies.
Music service iLike, best known for third-party applications on platforms like Facebook, made its big iPhone app launch today. The company has rolled out an app for alerts about local concerts, and also launched its previously announced program for bands and artists to create custom fan applications.
Apple still has to approve the "Local Concerts" app, according to a release, but iLike is excited about its potential impact regardless.
"It's something that we really felt was a good idea on paper as we started developing it," iLike CEO Ali Partovi told CNET News, "but … Read more
Apple's iPhone OS 3.1 beta 3 introduces new features that are subtle, but interesting. Our readers have discovered a handful of these and passed them along to us. Check them out below.A counter for tethered data appears alongside cellular data usage in the network settings. A new, improved security feature for pass-locked phones prompts for a PIN the first time an iPhone is attached to a new computer for syncing. The phone won't connect without the PIN being entered first. iTunes already had this feature, but the protective measure now works in more apps, including PhoneView. … Read more